Archinect - News 2014-12-18T06:42:13-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T22:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frvgmebsy2q5geae.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of my heroes for this kind of thinking is Denise Scott-Brown. Her application of historical, ethnographic and sociological thinking to urban design and architecture is still incredibly radical, but has been completely overwhelmed by Venturi&rsquo;s obsession with signs and language.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Automated&nbsp;<a href="http://failedarchitecture.com/2013/03/game-over-for-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design processes</a>, critique on the profession&rsquo;s culture, DIY-design and wider trends put pressure on the social and public relevance of the architect. On the other hand, architects are crossing boundaries, taking up new roles and experimenting with other approaches, while other professionals reinforce the importance of architecture. Melbourne-based architect, researcher and broadcaster&nbsp;<a title="Rory Hyde Projects" href="http://www.roryhyde.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rory Hyde</a>&nbsp;explored these developments in his book &ldquo;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415533546/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0415533546&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=citybrea-20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Practice</a>&ldquo;, by interviewing a wide range of people that observe and practice new strategies for making cities work. We talked to him about these individuals, the architectural profession and other forces that shape our surroundings. Will architecture dissolve into other professions or will it be able to recalibrate itself?"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112498637/generative-design-and-the-future-of-architecture-workshopping-with-zaha-hadid-code Generative Design and the Future of Architecture: Workshopping with Zaha Hadid: Code Archinect 2014-10-30T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-11-02T16:55:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fq23ankqjc5cnd3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid: Code is the programming arm of the renowned Zaha Hadid Architecture, a firm known for it's sleek, futuristic designs. During the ACADIA workshop, the designers chose to focus on the task of developing unique, computationally derived models to 3D print within the tight three day timeframe of the workshop. For architecture firms like Zaha Hadid, these workshops serve as playgrounds and testbeds for technologies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103170138/which-architect-is-winning-the-3d-printing-rat-race Which Architect Is Winning The 3D Printing Rat Race? Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:32:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adce0c14946261d3284371f5e81f4819.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects and builders all over the world seem to be participating in a fictional rat race to build the very first 3D-printed house. In the past five years we&rsquo;ve seen quite some drawings and models of 3D-printed architecture, but only few architects have the printers running until now. In this article we&rsquo;ll compare five of the most prominent 3D-printing initiatives in the world to find out what 3D-printed architecture has in store for the coming years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102263125/a-taste-of-how-3-d-printing-could-transform-high-tech-architecture A Taste of How 3-D Printing Could Transform High-Tech Architecture Archinect 2014-06-19T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T19:32:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a29ae9a10d6b55ddab9b9e00b7fd7fb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In partnership with 3D Systems, Arup used 3-D printers capable of fusing powdered steel to replace the clunky, welded assemblage of plates that made up the original design. The result is a streamlined part: 15-percent lighter than its conventionally fabricated forebear and 1,000 times cooler-looking.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102251007/mini-robots-may-outcompete-3d-printing-in-the-evolution-of-construction Mini-robots may outcompete 3D printing in the evolution of construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T17:52:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63cf6ad58829190db98bbc1cdede1533.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size. [...] "The robots can work simultaneously while performing different tasks, and having a fixed size they can create objects of virtually any scale, as far as material properties permit&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the Minibuilders in action below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing Paul Petrunia 2014-05-21T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T18:35:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b150f38be728ed120888e8bbb222aff6.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A fully automated mobile platform for 3D printing capable of producing objects of limitless scale does not currently exist. In the hope of remedying this situation, Gensler&rsquo;s Los Angeles office initiated Mobile 3D Printing, a Gensler research project born from an observation of present-day 3D printing technology and its limitations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100054706/norman-foster-explains-how-3d-printing-will-transform-architecture Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-05-19T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T13:45:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a7aa2de7748aeebbd213dda60bf1a8e.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon dust. But what happens when you try something like that on Earth? How is 3D printing changing the way we build cities? I got the chance to ask Foster just that question at the Center for Architecture in New York City last night.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66633417/foster-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99430261/the-father-of-3d-printing-says-it-s-overhyped The father of 3D printing says it’s overhyped Archinect 2014-05-08T18:07:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:02:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/304409ccdd4fac34cbd076c381517078.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some writers and people who talk about 3D printing get over-enthused. Most of the stuff they talk about will happen someday&mdash;eventually. But there&rsquo;s the here-and-now and the near-term future, where a lot of that stuff is definitely hype and won&rsquo;t happen. I&rsquo;m very steeped into what can happen in the relatively near term. So I just tend not to pay too much attention when the hype gets too obscure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98496231/timea-tihanyi-s-constructs-not-printed-made Timea Tihanyi's Constructs - Not Printed, Made Donna Sink 2014-04-22T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:27:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2ef380bnchk07ka.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the little structures will remind you of every last thing: foreclosed houses...the Olympic stadium in Beijing...the Colosseum, the crumbling ruins next door to the Colosseum. Each building maps a path through Tihanyi's mind, and yours. You visit every teeny room...climb every ladder...Then you return to your big self, looking down on layers of sheen and pale color emanating from the surfaces, as if layers of translucent skin have been laid on top of flesh. How could you not love these?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Art critic Jen Graves (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize ultimately won by<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98041785/inquirer-s-architecture-critic-inga-saffron-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Inga Saffron</a>) reviews the tiny building-like constructions made by artist Timea Tihanyis.&nbsp; But while architecture aficionados will find these little structures initially reminiscent of 3D printed models, their laborious, fragile craftsmanlike construction reveals them as being made of Merleau -Ponty's "<a href="http://sensualanimist.com/2012/04/13/phenomenology-of-perception-maurice-merleau-ponty/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the flesh of the world</a>".&nbsp; In other words (fighting words?), revealing them to be much more like architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours Archinect 2014-04-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4f80e7497e2d17f3cc2340b80070f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97190063/shanghai-company-3-d-prints-village-of-humble-concrete-homes Shanghai Company 3-D Prints Village of Humble Concrete Homes Archinect 2014-04-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T10:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b51852ff05b61bbbed379d4d4c5c05.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures&mdash;in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tpdtpqoy6l1qokj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96731623/work-begins-on-the-world-s-first-3d-printed-house Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Alexander Walter 2014-03-28T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T09:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/646f312ae59221bb1546deb26f667242.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials &ndash; is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90633842/editor-s-picks-349 Editor's Picks #349 Nam Henderson 2014-01-07T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:09:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6qbslnljfeowbp6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition in <strong>The Deans List</strong> interview series,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;spoke with Sarah Whiting, Dean of the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ur/ur3iitxjq4d4mq0r.jpg"><br><br><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/89831244/the-deans-list-sarah-whiting-of-rice-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Dean Whiting discussed her belief that one of "<em>the biggest challenge faced by any architect today is how not to get squelched by ridiculously low budgets and a lack of understanding of architecture&rsquo;s value</em>", the unique Preceptorship year a signature part of RSA&rsquo;s undergraduate program and their new one-year Master of Arts in Architecture program called Present Future.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> was super-impressed "<em>Wow, awesome interview and program sounds so great. It sounds like an intense and focused community yet one that respects each individual's passions and small areas if interest. Plus I LOVE that it offers a BArch with a year of internship! Great model</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90315283/a-new-l-a-identity-takes-shape-in-2013-as-city-embraces-urban-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking back on 2013, Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times wrote</a> "<em>it suggests that the idea around which I organized my r...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88213328/your-phone-could-soon-become-a-3d-scanner Your phone could soon become a 3D scanner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T09:58:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yfsf29i4icjehgy.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of us have gotten used to smartphones replacing long-established devices such as cameras and music players. Soon, however, they might be taking over the duties of something that is itself an emerging technology &ndash; the 3D scanner. Researchers at ETH Zurich have created an app that allows an ordinary smartphone to capture and display three-dimensional models of real-world objects, for subsequent finessing or even 3D printing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85442238/wired-gets-sn-hetta-shop-and-som-to-push-the-limits-of-lego Wired gets Snøhetta, SHoP and SOM to push the limits of LEGO Archinect 2013-10-31T12:33:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T14:27:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be299e348e60889c61d57d1b946dfd4e.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a freewheeling round of discussions, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s New York office settled on a unique challenge: building a Lego structure that captured the plastic bricks&rsquo; unique relationship to gravity. &ldquo;A Lego building has a lightness that a real building doesn&rsquo;t have to contend with,&rdquo; says Craig Dykers, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s co-founder. &ldquo;We thought wouldn&rsquo;t it be interesting to capture the feeling of gravity in a Lego block, where gravity actually has very little influence in many ways on its structure...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxt5rjmfe42b815v.jpg"><em>Snohetta found a delicate equilibrium with this boomerang-shaped tower. Photo: Gregory Reid</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/ka2eclyd7fayo3ek.jpg"><br><em>SOM froze its unique LEGO infrastructure in a solid block of ice. Photo: Zack Burris</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85370662/dataappeal-s-new-app-helps-turn-data-into-3d-images DataAppeal's new app helps turn data into 3D images Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T13:51:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1rb13l7kiuozx2c.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DataAppeal&rsquo;s newest release allows our 3D data-maps to be imported into other 3D modeling and vector-based software programs including AutoCAD, Sketch Up and 3ds Max.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A vast improvement from histograms and scatter plots, data analytics and visualization company <a href="http://www.dataappeal.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DataAppeal</a>&nbsp;now enables its users to export their data into other modeling softwares.&nbsp;DataAppeal's Nadia Amoroso (featured in Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71075299/working-out-of-the-box-nadia-amoroso" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;back in April) told Archinect that this will essentially make the data appear more lively, consequently making it easier to understand and more impactful.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azq3pmbvk18b0kyu.jpg" title=""><br><em>3D printing done by &ldquo;Draft Print 3D&rdquo; Toronto-based company</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84988904/out-of-hand-a-survey-of-computer-assisted-art ‘Out of Hand,’ a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art Alexander Walter 2013-10-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T20:22:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7c25d13a45e357f3d131198a16f235ea.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you haven&rsquo;t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven&rsquo;t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in &ldquo;Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,&rdquo; at the Museum of Arts and Design. [...] And while visionary design shows like that of MoMA are entrancing, there&rsquo;s something to be said for a more down-to-earth, production-focused exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81600603/the-mebotics-microfactory-could-be-the-next-step-in-3-d-printing-technology The Mebotics "Microfactory" could be the next step in 3-D printing technology Justine Testado 2013-09-11T15:06:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:59:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qm/qmdpe9ojph4lpxkb.jpg" width="514" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Like any other technological device currently out there, newer 3-D printing machines aim to out-do the competition and take things to the next level. Enter <a href="http://www.mebotics.com/microfactory.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mebotics LLC</a>, a group of four friends who spent the past year building the Microfactory. Becoming known as "the world's first Machine Shop in a Box", the Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing into the same machine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmdl1rtdf3dtj49n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Aside from 3-D printing up to four colors and with multiple materials, the Microfactory can do other tasks like cut wood and precisely mill and etch parts into shapes--even something as intricate as a circuitboard. Its noise-reducing housing and WiFi connectivity also makes it possible for the machine to be operated anywhere, anytime.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rq3c5txwzk4s8fj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Other features include a shop-vac hose enabling the machine to "clean up after itself" as it operates, a full on-board computer, and industry standard built-in software. And to no surprise, the hybrid-manufacturing machine ain't cheap, with preorder pric...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81150050/model-a-short-film-exploring-the-future-of-model-building "MODEL" - a short film exploring the future of model building Archinect 2013-09-05T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t11zmavvj1gynyxh.jpg" width="514" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple of years ago, I took a temp job assisting an architectural model builder. It was an intense experience - meticulously crafting delicate materials into structural works of art. I became fascinated with the craftsmanship and artistic ability that goes into this work. The advent of 3D printing - as exciting as it is - poses a problem for this art form. If a machine can spit out a 3D version of a building, is the era of model-making coming to an end?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81071153/nasa-looks-to-robots-and-3d-printers-for-huge-self-constructing-orbiting-structures NASA looks to robots and 3D printers for huge, self-constructing, orbiting structures Archinect 2013-09-04T18:09:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:10:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2ba6d0c08443fef4616dbe121113bec.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of specially engineering spacecraft components to fit into a rocket, NASA could densely pack materials like fiber and polymer into existing spacecraft and create the components while orbiting the planet. This cuts down on cost and opens up the possibility for larger spacecraft.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80376638/world-s-first-3d-printed-architectural-structure World’s First 3D Printed Architectural Structure Archinect 2013-08-26T14:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T13:05:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj3spira6rfxh3yr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created by Smith|Allen Studio, an Oakland based architecture firm, the 10ft x 10ft x 8ft form adds a decidedly artificial element to the otherwise organic forest it calls home. However, despite its appearance, the Echoviren is quite environmentally friendly. Printed from a PLA bioplastic, the structure will naturally decompose back into the forest in 30-50 years. According to Smith|Allen &ldquo;"As [Echoviren] weathers it will become a micro-habitat for insects, moss, and birds."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-25T00:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/yp0213b8c177zd7o.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The days of rummaging frantically for the card that gets us onto public transit may be over. A team of engineers from MIT has created the 3D-printed "Sesame Ring," which has an embedded RFID tag that lets you tap it to a RFID-based fare reader and hop on.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Syncing public transit and wearable technology, the waterproof Sesame Ring can be used in place of the Charlie Card, Boston's mass transit smart card. Available in customizable colors and sizes, the first batch of $17 rings have already sold out, but their <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1066401427/sesame-ring-where-will-it-take-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80147884/live-in-your-sneakers-mobile-housing-s-next-step" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software MIT accelerates multi-material 3D printing software Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T17:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T11:56:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6lj93h4zg75odbgf.jpg" width="514" height="186" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The breakthrough not only allows an object made up of many different materials to be printed, but also lets the user change the look and feel of a single material used to print an object. It's possible to print an object with hard and compressible sections out of a single material, even if the raw material isn't flexible in itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now you can 3D print a single object with multiple materials and varying densities, thanks to MIT's <a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)</a>. Through an adapted software called Spec2Fab, the designer can specify precisely which materials are to be used in each part of the printed object.</p> <p> As if MIT isn't impressive enough, check out their work with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79607750/if-you-think-3d-printing-is-disruptive-wait-for-4d" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4D printing</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79607750/if-you-think-3d-printing-is-disruptive-wait-for-4d If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D Archinect 2013-08-16T14:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:29:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c0002b3bf0e8f494cf8df9f1d96088a.jpg" width="359" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What 4D printing offers is the opportunity for objects to change, to adapt to their environment, to respond. Earlier this year, Skylar Tibbits, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab, created a bit of a stir with his talk on 4D printing. &ldquo;We are looking at the ability to program physical and biological materials to change shape, change properties and even compute outside of silicon-based matter,&rdquo; Mr. Tibbits told the TED conference in February.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77773295/3d-printing-will-explode-in-2014-thanks-to-the-expiration-of-key-patents 3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents Archinect 2013-07-23T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T20:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91f8d44e2c48aed6197a8bad015c424e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s holding back 3D printing, the technology that&rsquo;s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/76897845/ebay-releases-ebay-exact-a-print-on-demand-marketplace-for-the-iphone eBay releases eBay Exact, a print-on-demand marketplace for the iPhone Archinect 2013-07-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T12:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd2543547ae28b5dd3cf63f7cfbfe600.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With our first foray into 3D printing technology, we have partnered with Sculpteo, MakerBot, and Hot Pop Factory who are leaders in 3D printing technology to hand-select a range of special products including, iPhone cases, figurines, and jewelry.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The app is available for download from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebay-exact/id668835478?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76251969/the-future-is-here-a-new-industrial-revolution-coming-to-london-s-design-museum “The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution” Coming to London’s Design Museum Alexander Walter 2013-07-01T18:53:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T21:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qyoedbk5otcg3qu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This summer, the Design Museum in London will be offering a glimpse into the future of fabrication and manufacturing with The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution, a major new exhibition about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related news on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74724612/the-race-to-build-the-first-3d-printed-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to build the first 3D-printed building</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74593063/3d-printing-expert-lists-the-reasons-why-he-thinks-the-technology-is-overhyped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing expert lists the reasons why he thinks the technology is overhyped</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178365/an-insider-s-view-of-the-myths-and-truths-of-the-3-d-printing-phenomenon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3-D Printing 'Phenomenon'</a></li> </ul>